Soul Warming Chai

IMG_4259As you may have heard, we’re a little snowed in here in the DC metro area. Though winter storm Jonas has made it’s way out of here, we’re now dealing with serious dig out. Feeling chilled by the cold and wetness, I decided it was time to make chai—one of my favorite drinks.

Chai is a type of Indian tea made by boiling water, milk , sugar and spices together .It has been popularized here in the west and can be found at any good coffee shop. However, I find the syrups used at most of these establishments to be too sugary and overpowering. One sip of homemade chai and you’ll never go back!

What I love most about making my own chai is that I can combine the spices to make each cup unique to my particular needs whether it is to bring balance, ignite agni (digestive fire), or simply enjoying some of my favorite spices. Below is a simple to follow recipe, however I recommend you play with the spices to see what works best for you.

What are some of your favorite chai flavor combinations? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

Soul Warming Chai
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A delicious, soul warming beverage. Play with the spices to find a mix that's perfect for you!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Soul Warming Chai
Print Recipe
A delicious, soul warming beverage. Play with the spices to find a mix that's perfect for you!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Combine water and ginger, tea and cinnamon stick in a sauce pan or pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add the milk and bring to a soft boil and add the black peppercorns. You will need to bring the milk to a soft boil three times. If you are using an alternative milk, then you don’t need to soft boil three times. Once is enough. The soft boiling of the milk helps to break down the proteins which make milk hard to digest. This makes it easier on the gut!
  3. After the second boil add the cardamom, coriander, nutmeg and saffron.
  4. After the third boil add the sugar.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool for 1-2 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Use coriander and cardamom seeds or pods instead of powders if you desire. Add them to the recipe earlier. If you choose to use cardamom pods, give them a little crack in order to pull out their full aroma.

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